The Broomstick Pony Derby is a day of .131- and .262-mile broomstick pony races and pageantry happening on the afternoon of Kentucky Derby Day at Urban ReThink in Downtown Orlando. Part of their annual fundraising program,Urban Think Foundation has announced that Central Blvd will be closed off from Eola Drive to Summerlin, to accommodate a lineup of event festivities that include races, a broomstick pony parade, a raffle, people and ponies dancing in the street to music provided by DJ Si, vendors, and food and drink specials provided by Thornton Park area businesses. Event attendance is free; race registration is $20 per person, or $60 for a team of four.
WHERE: Urban ReThink, 625 E. Central Blvd., Orlando, Florida 32801
WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 2013, 3:00- 6:00pm
Race registration and associated festivities begin at 3:00pm. Races begin at 4:00pm.
Most of the ponies being raced have been created at Urban ReThink’s Broomstick Pony-Making Workshops, led by local artists, including IBEX Puppetry. Two workshops remain before Derby Day: Thursday, April 25th at 6:25pm and Thursday, May 2nd at 6:25pm.
The Derby is a signature fundraiser of Urban ReThink and the Urban Think Foundation conducted in partnership with the Thornton Park District and IBEX Puppetry. The mission of the Urban Think Foundation is to support community-based programs that enrich Orlando’s unique cultural landscape by providing educational, creative and cultural opportunities. Visit www.urbanthinkfoundation.org for more information.
Urban ReThink is a creative and collaborative hub located in Orlando’s historic Thornton Park. By day, enterprising professionals in diverse fields from the arts to technology work at Urban ReThink as part of a Coworking Membership. By night and on weekends, Urban ReThink welcomes the community with a “What will I discover today?” assortment of talks, workshops, and gatherings. Urban ReThink is part of the Urban Think Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. The programs of the Urban Think Foundation are funded in part by United Arts of Central Florida, State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, Walt Disney World, and the Downtown Orlando Development Board. Visit www.urbanrethink.com for more information.
Photo credits: Gian Carlo Photography